Jeannine and I enjoyed a wonderful evening for the kickoff of a new year of Tap Into Transformation on November 1st. We instituted new rituals and activities to deepen and expand the experience of the evening that were well received. We are looking forward to a new year of growth and fun in a creative community.
I went to Atlanta recently to celebrate my mother’s birthday. We had a grand time together reminiscing about our family, especially when all us kids lived at home. We talked about our family trips, marveled at the speed of years gone by, and about how grateful we are for the blessings in our lives. Some great treasures I brought back with me were recipes for some of my favorite dishes I was raised on. I am especially excited about the cornbread. The way mom makes it, I have never seen from anyone else. I can’t wait to see if I can even get close to anything like hers.
Also, since she isn’t computer savvy just yet… I was able to show her my website, and the part she plays in some of the content on my blogs, that being the inspiration for Annie Ruth’s Truths. She enjoyed knowing that some of her wit has made it to the “small screen.” As the two of us spent much time conversing, I became conscious of her continued youthful energy, no matter how many years has passed.
That, I believe is a choice.
To stay interested in life and curious about it says something about your deeper reserves of spirit. Mom lost her husband, my dad in 2004, but she has maintained a zest for living despite the loss after 50 years of marriage. I am constantly inspired by her choice, even through the times she experiences challenges with her body.
We went to visit one of her best friends, who is 96 years young! This amazing woman, living in a nursing facility had us laughing so hard we were crying. She was funny, witty, dressed in up to date fashions, and knew everything that was going on in the building, her family and the world. She even spontaneously asked about my wife and said to tell her hello. I hope I can be so funny, witty and concerned about others if and when I reach my 9th decade of life.
There is so much to be thankful for. One thanks I will leave you with is that my Trademark application for Sharpettes has been accepted and approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This means I can market my unique creations as a branded item called “Sharpettes.”
May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving… and may we all remember that it is the THANKS that is important. The 14th century theologian, Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer we prayed was to say, “Thank you”… for everything that happens to us or that we experience in life… that would be praise enough.
May you have power for life, now!